Virtual Robot Simulator | FIRST Tech Challenge - FTC Virtual Robots

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Jonathan Weiland
Executive Sponsor

Lead Software Developer

Unity Team Leader

Jonathan Weiland is the currently the director (or Program delivery partner PDP) of the FIRST Tech Challenge in Illinois . He has been involved in FIRST Tech Challenge for 12 years. He has served as a mentor for many FTC teams over the years and has been the director of the FIRST Tech Challenge in Illinois for the last 10 years. His teams have won the 8 Illinois State FTC championships. In 2018 his team Vertigo won the Illinois Inspire award and the Motivate award at the World Championships.

Mihir is a high school freshman who is proud to be a software developer in the Virtual Robot Simulator Project. With over 4 years of experience in programming languages including C#, Dart, Java, JavaScript, Swift, and Python, he has created and published many mobile applications on both Android and iOS – many of which are being used by thousands worldwide! By developing both the VRC Android Apps and working on the simulation, he has further developed his skills in Android development and learned how to power the simulator using the Unity Engine..

Leonidas is a high school junior involved in many activities outside school, including the Virtual Robot Simulator Project, where he creates the robot Unity simulation using C#. He has been part of his high school FRC robotics team for three years and is currently VP of Scouting of Cryptonite Team 624. During his time on the team he introduced ROS, a robot programming operating system, which he then used with Unity to build a simulator. After much modification this team project then turned into the Virtual FTC Simulator used today! When he isn’t developing the Unity robot simulator he is programming robots using ROS, participating in the NASA scholars program, and engaging in a wide variety of other hobbies, such as playing guitar.

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Project Advisor

Siddarth

Brad has been involved with FIRST for the past 5 years, volunteering and providing support for FTC programs in Illinois. He has over 20 years of consulting experience leading programs and projects for FORTUNE 1000 companies and recently was managing a project management practice area in Chicago. FTC has helped to provide a way for him to contribute to the next generation of students working to excel in engineering and robotics, including providing insight for students on how to successfully work with others as part of a project team

Brad has been involved with FIRST for the past 5 years, volunteering and providing support for FTC programs in Illinois. He has over 20 years of consulting experience leading programs and projects for FORTUNE 1000 companies and recently was managing a project management practice area in Chicago. FTC has helped to provide a way for him to contribute to the next generation of students working to excel in engineering and robotics, including providing insight for students on how to successfully work with others as part of a project team

Web Developer, Robot Enthusiast and High School Student. I joined VRS because I thought it was a great platform and I wanted to help make a website to make VRS known. FTC Team 18568!

Curriculum Development Liaison

Jacob has been a FIRST robotics participant since 6th-grade. He attended Northwestern University’s Center for Talented Development in the summers of 7th and 8th-grade, excelling in the basics of coding. As Outreach Captain for team 18529 Rust In Piece, Jacob quickly became the VRS Curriculum Development Liaison. Jacob collaborated with Deerfield District 109 curriculum designers to create a 7-week VRS pilot curriculum that guided over 400 5th-graders through the basics of programming. With Jacob’s help, this curriculum will be implemented in the Chicago Public Schools STEM program. Bannockburn, Arlington Heights, and Northbrook schools are interested in adopting the VRS curriculum. 

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Virtual Robot Simulator is a simple, easy-to-use platform that allows FTC teams to program and test their robots without access to the physical hardware and mechanisms.

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